Dogs help teach bears to fear humans


Colorado Parks and Wildlife is experimenting with the use of dogs to help bears learn to fear human interaction.

On Monday, the agency released this video showing a bear cub being re-introduced into the wild at Pike National Forest.

On a leash nearby is Samson, one of three dogs in CPW’s K-9 pilot program.

The video goes on to reveal several different angles of how park officials use Samson to scare the bear cub up a tree.

On Twitter, officials included a note explaining the “hazing” tactic is done to reinforce a bears natural fear of humans.

The dog remains on a leash the entire time and there is no contact with the bear.

CPW said the program is experimental at this time but they hope it will help stop bears from venturing into public areas in the future. 

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